New and re-stocked: Pom Pom Quarterly and Jared Flood’s Woolens

Pom Pom Quarterly – Issue 19: Winter 2016

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From the Pom Pom website:

With the arrival of winter comes the opportunity to revel in our favourite woolly pasttime as we move towards colder months. While the light and seasons change we can look back at the year so far and take stock of what we’ve made and learned.

The inspiration for our Winter 2016 issue is ‘reflections’, interpreted in many ways by our contributors in articles, cocktail recipes, and a beautiful set of illustrations. This theme has also been translated into stunning knits by our designers; abstract forms of shadows, or refracted light on water became the inspiration for the playful symmetry and elegant geometry of these eleven designs.

Featuring designs by: JULIA FARWELL-CLAY // JUSTYNA LORKOWSKA // CLARE LAKEWOOD // KIYOMI BURGIN // SACHIKO BURGIN // FRANCESCA HUGHES // SOLÈNE LE ROUX // GEORGIA FARRELL // LINDA DUBEC // TATYANA SCOTCE // SARAH SHEPHERD

Click here to PREVIEW.

Printed in the UK on lovely heavy paper.

PURCHASE Pom Pom Magazine in our webstore.


Woolens by Jared Flood

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Our first delivery of Jared Flood’s gorgeous new book sold out almost instantly! Now, back in stock.

Click here to PREVIEW.

“Woolens includes 11 new patterns by designer Jared Flood, founder and creative director of Brooklyn Tweed. From hats and cowls to scarves, shawls, and wraps, projects suitable for adventurous beginners and seasoned knitters abound.

Several patterns in the book offer multiple design pathways that allow the maker to customize the garment according to personal taste. Many designs are unisex. A thorough techniques section shepherds knitters through the patterns and serves as a valuable standalone reference resource.

Flood’s lavish photography kindles the imagination and inspires creative knitters to original interpretations. Woolens makes a wonderful gift for a knitting friend and is a worthy addition to any knitting library.

  • 138 pages with full color photographs
  • Book Dimensions: 8″ by 10″
  • Perfect bound softcover with soft-touch coating
  • FSC-certified publication
  • Printed in the USA at a press powered by 100% renewable energy

PURCHASE Woolens in our webstore.

–  Melissa

Re-stocked: Woolfolk Far

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We are thrilled to announce that we are again fully stocked with all colours of Woolfolk’s incredibly special yarn, Får – including 5 new colourways!

Exquisitely soft and lustrous,  Får is made from Ultimate Merino®, an ecologically sourced and produced yarn developed in partnership with the Ovis 21 biodiversity and grasslands regeneration project and Patagonian farmers, the Nature Conservancy, and outdoor retailer Patagonia Inc. Ultimate Merino® has a micron count of 17.5, and combines the hand of cashmere with the wear of merino. Perfect for luxurious worsted weight sweaters and cold weather accessories.

Woolfolk yarns are available exclusively at only a small number of hand-selected retail partners and we are honoured to be one of them.

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore (missing colourway photos coming soon)!

Project inspiration below🙂


LØS by Ashley Yousling

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MOS by Michele Wang

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Arkade Scarf and Cowl by Anotonia Shankland

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DRYS by Melanie Berg

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–  Melissa

New in store: Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Zing Interchangeable Needle Sets!

The Knitter’s Pride 2016 Holiday Gift Set has just landed!

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Melodies of Life – a name that takes inspiration from all those heart-touching lyrics and songs that have enthralled us over the years! The sounds of music come together to define these needles, in colors that sing and one that invites all connoisseurs to indulge in the craft that they so cherish!

The boxed set consists of:

  • Nine pairs of vibrant color-coded Zing needles – US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11 (3.5, 3.75, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 & 8.0 mm) that carry laser-marked sizes.
  • Four colour coded cables in lengths of 24’’ (60cm – green), 32’’ – 2 nos. (80cm – orange) & 40’’ (100cm – red).
  • An assortment of knitting accessories (set of cord connectors, wool needles, and stitch holders) packed in a coordinated monogrammed fabric pouch.

The ‘Melodies of Life’ set also contains two pairs of fascinating earrings that have been crafted at our factory and made from our famous colored wood! These are being offered absolutely free of cost to our awesome band of knitters who have always supported and encouraged all of us at Knitter’s Pride to continually develop some great products!

SHOP the Melodies of Life set in our webstore!

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–   Melissa

Join us for a Pure Joy Knit Along!

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(Photos: Joji Locatelli)

We are smitten with Joji Locatelli’s Pure Joy shawl and have decided to hold a Thursday evening Knit-Along to work this one up!  The simplicity of this design makes it an ideal choice for knitting in company and also provides a beautiful canvas for everyone to express their unique personality and preferences through  yarn and colour choices.

As the designer notes: “The combination of garter stitch, short rows and eyelet rows can create the most varied results, but it always guarantees that you’ll have a good time knitting. Enjoy working away on this simple and fun project!

You will need:  800 yards of fingering weight yarn in 2 colors. You will need approximately 430 yards for color A and 380 yards for color B.  Attention: The designer notes that many skeins of fingering weight yarn have only 400 yards, but most testers used more than that for color A.

Pure Joy can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

The Knit-Along will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays – November 10, 17, 24, and December 1 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come to the store on those dates ready to cast on and knit the Pure Joy among friends.  All we ask is that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your shawl.  :-)

If you complete your Pure Joy shawl by December 8th and send us a photo, we’ll enter your name into a draw for a $25 Espace Tricot Gift Card!

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(Photos: Joji Locatelli)

–  Melissa

Free Pattern Friday: Simple House Slippers (again)

I blogged this free pattern back in July but I think it’s much more appropriate to post it now – there’s nothing quite like a pair of cozy hand knit slippers when the weather takes a sharp left towards winter…

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(Photos: Simone A.)

These Simple House Slippers by Simone Alexandra are as easy to wear as they are to knit. The pattern is knit flat at the back (garter stitch) and then in the round for the rest of the foot (stockinette).  The toe has a very rounded shape like the top of mittens making these look and feel more like real slippers than house socks.  Cozy and classic.  Start now and knit a bunch of these in time for holiday gift-giving (yes, I really said that – it’s never too soon to get started)!

Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced knitters looking for an in-between project.

One size fits most (easily adjustable).

I knit this pair last Saturday with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky and have been wearing them at home ever since! Quick, easy, and oh, so satisfying.

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Just added to our webstore: Books & Mags!

After many requests, we’ve finally added a new section to our website where you can order the latest and greatest publications on the knitting / crocheting / weaving scene! We’ve just started adding products to our new BOOKS & MAGS section but it will continue to grow so be sure to check back regularly.

On this front, we’re happy to let you know that a stunning new quarterly magazine and a  beautiful new weaving book landed in store this week…

SHOP Books & Mags in our webstore.


Koel Magazine from Studio Bloesem

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A new quarterly magazine by Studio Bloesem that celebrates crafting with yarns to create a stylish home. Curating a contemporary interior decor with yarns. It brings back the coolness to decorative crochet, knitting, macramé, latch hooking, needlework, and weaving. Selectively featuring guest stories on other vices of KOEL’s makers, such as flowers, food, ceramics and other handmade crafts.

KOEL helps yarn crafters to connect the dots. From pattern inspiration to creating an artwork that adds to the uniqueness of a home. Sourcing the best yarns and materials was never so easy. KOEL’s pages are filled with interior styling tips and tricks. In KOEL, we document the creative journeys of yarn crafters across the globe, through interviews and special reports.

KOEL is impeccably curated through captivating photography, revealing beautifully styled spaces. Homes become personal museums filled with handmade yarn designs.  A gift to those that are passionate about yarns and their homes, you will find KOEL on coffee tables, a keepsake treasure with thumbed pages. KOEL is a timeless source of inspiration for yarn crafters.

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On the Loom by Maryanne Moodie

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In On the Loom, Maryanne Moodie brings the ancient art of weaving to the modern day in a comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step tutorials and beautiful photography. Learn the basics of this simple and beautiful craft with valuable information on basic stitches, tools needed, and even how to make your own looms.

Split by loom type—circular, rectangular, and even found objects—24 lush, bohemian, and uniquely modern projects for the home and to wear draw deeply on the nostalgic quality of vintage textiles. In addition to the how-to, this is the ultimate resource for finding your own creativity and style through this medium, from learning which materials to use for different effects to discovering how to use color to create vintage-inspired projects with a modern twist.

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–  Melissa

Register now for our next Atelier Tissage / Weaving Workshop!

The very lovely and extremely talented Natacha Castonguay (Nanoukiko & Triko) taught our first beginners weaving workshop at the store last Sunday and it was a warm, educational, and creative experience for all involved.  Participants left with a solid foundation in frame weaving and appreciated Natacha’s patient and generous teaching style (see photos from workshop at end of post!).  If you are interested in trying your hand at this beautiful craft, please note that we’ve already scheduled a second beginner’s workshop for December 11th and have two more in the works for the new year!

Please note that while this workshop will be conducted in French, since weaving is very visual, we are confident that non-French speakers will be able to participate without too much trouble🙂

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ATELIER D’INITIATION AU TISSAGE

(pour débutant(e)s , aucune expérience requise)

Le dimanche 11 décembre de 9h00 à 13h00*
$115.00

Venez apprendre à réaliser vos propres petits tissages sur cadre  et repartez avec tout le nécessaire pour en réaliser d’autres à la maison.

Durant le cours d’une durée de quatre heures, vous apprendrez les techniques de base du tissage sur cadre (tissage à plat, ligne droite, ligne diagonale, franges, tresse et finition simple).

Tout le matériel requis est fourni pour la réalisation de 2 tissages:

  • cadre à tisser de 8″ x 10 ” / 20cm x 25.5cm
  • 2 goujons
  • 2 aiguilles
  • environ 100g de fibres diverses (coton, laine, mèche de merinos, soie, jersey, fibres vintage, alpaga, acrylique)
  • fil résistant (nylon robuste ou coton mercerie pour monter la trame de votre tissage)
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* Comme le cours est d’une durée de quatre heures, il est conseillé d’amener avec vous collation & boisson.

Seulement 10 places disponibles. N’hésitez pas à nous téléphoner pour la réserver par carte de crédit – (514) 486-5648.


WEAVING 101

Sunday, December 11th, 9:00am – 1:00pm
$115.00

Join us to create your own small weaving and leave this workshop with another weaving kit to make a second creation at home.

Over the course of this four hour workshop, you will learn the basic techniques of frame weaving (flat weaving, straight line, diagonal line, fringes, braids, and simple finish).

All of the materials necessary to create two weaving projects will be provided:

  • A frame loom (8 “x 10” / 20cm x 25.5cm)
  • Two wood pins
  • 2 tapestry needles
  • Approximately 100g of mixed fibers (cotton, wool, merino roving, silk, jersey, vintage fiber, alpaca, acrylic)
  • Strong yarn / string (sturdy nylon or cotton to warp the frame)
  • Weaving stick and wooden fork

* As the course lasts four hours, you may want to bring along a snack and a drink.

Only 10 spots available. Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your space!


Photos from last Sunday’s workshop!

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–  Melissa

Back in stock: Box Totes from Bookhou!

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Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on gorgeous box tote bags. These beautifully designed bags sit flat on a square base and can be left open or cinched closed with leather ties. A perfect carry-all tote, these also make elegantly simple and stylish project bags!

100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining, leather handles
Approximate dimensions: H 9.5 x W 8.5 x D 8.5 in.

Available in 4 of Bookhou’s signature prints.

SHOP Bookhou Box Totes in our webstore.

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Grey Triangles

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–  Melissa

The Life of Riley

A little while ago, Sally, one of our wonderful customers, called to let us know that she had just noticed that we had forgotten to put a skein of yarn in her bag a few days earlier.  We were pretty sure that we had packed up her complete purchase but, as mistakes happen, we were happy to put aside another skein of the yarn until her next visit.  A week or so later we received the following message – not from Sally, but from a very contrite Riley …


Hi ….my name is Riley and Sally is making me confess my story to you …..

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You see, it happened like this… I found a plastic bag with some wool “animals” in it.  I thought they were  brought home especially for me.  You know… toys?… for me? …Sigh… Sally was looking so frantically for the wool “animal”, I decided to show her where I had hidden it for later.  I’m a little annoyed that I had to give it up but she gave me some catnip instead …. It’ll do in a pinch.  Still, I liked my wool “animal” better….

Anyway, I’m sorry. Sally no longer needs that extra wool  you so kindly put aside for her.  Have a nice day.

Signed,
Reilly

P.S.  Should you have any extra wool “animals” that need a home, I would gladly welcome them…🙂


Many thanks to Sally and Riley for allowing us to share this story with you!  We all had a great chuckle in the shop over this one. :-) 

–  Lisa

Free pattern Friday: Newport by Sarah Hatton

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A lovely free pattern from Rowan this week!

From KnitRowan.com website –

“…this stunning, round-neck sweater is a welcome addition to any wardrobe. Designed by Sarah Hatton, and featuring ribbed cuffs, hem and neckline, the luxurious nature of the yarn means that this garment would work from day to night.”

This sweater is knit with Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze Vintage which is Kidsilk Haze but with a natural-color core which gives the finished effect a marled, rustic look. We don’t currently carry Vintage but this would be equally beautiful with Kidsilk Haze – currently available in the shop in 41 colourways!

SHOP Rowan Kidsilk Haze in our webstore!

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(Photo: 2016 Rowan Yarns)

–  Melissa

New store sample: Wurm

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With a double-thickness brim and the perfect amount of slouch, the Wurm hat, by Katharina Nopp, is funky and stylish and, above all, warm. We knit our version with 1 ball of Schoppel-Wolle Gradient, a soft 100% merino with gorgeous transitional colour changes.  We used a worsted weight yarn (instead of sport weight) so we cast on 82 stitches instead of 90 and used larger needles.

Additional photos and specific modifications are included on our Ravelry project page – click here to view.

SHOP Schoppel Wolle Gradient in our webstore!

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–  Melissa

Just landed! Knit. Wear – Fall/Winter 2016

Click here to preview!

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“Knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016 features two stories for the modern knitter, Street Style and Iki. Our Street Style story is full of urban, hip women’s garments and accessories. Iki is a Japanese aesthetic inspired story; simplicity is key with clean lines, minimal but impactful details, feminine but austere. Keeping in theme, our feature article is a lesson from Takeko Ueki, owner of Habu Textiles, on “how-to read a Japanese knitting pattern.” We also have an in-depth tutorial from Sarah Solomon who has “unvented” her own technique for the perfect, buttonband. In this issue our departments feature our favorite Japanese stitch and pattern books, sleek yarns, and as always, knitwear for the modern knitter.”

–  Melissa

New tools from Cocoknits!

Cocoknits has just released several new tools and kits and we’re so excited to let you know that they’ve all just landed in the shop! You’ll wonder how you’ve lived without these. 🙂

SHOP all Cocoknits products in our webstore!


The Sweater Care Kit

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The Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit contains everything you need for handwashing and blocking your hand-knit items and all of your fine hand-washables. The kit is perfect for:

  • blocking seamless sweaters or accessories which do not require pinning
  • washing and drying seamed sweaters, either hand-knit or store-bought

If you knit mostly scarves, shawls, seamed sweaters and other pin-able items, the Knitter’s Block kit is probably best for you.

To protect surfaces from water, lay the Sweater Care Kit on the Knitter’s Block or other surface not susceptible to water damage. Wash super-absorbent towels in cold water and air dry.

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The Sweater Care Kit includes:

  • two fine mesh, zippered laundry bags (small: 8″ × 12 × 8″, large: 8″ × 22″ × 8″)
  • one large super-absorbent towel (dimensions 36″ × 60″)
  • one super-absorbent grid towel, inches and centimeters on opposite sides (dimensions 40″ × 40″)
  • one mesh pop-up dryer (dimensions 28″ × 34″ opened, 11″ diameter folded)
  • a bottle of unscented Eucalan wash
  • jute bag (dimensions 15″ × 12″ × 5″)

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THE Knitter’s Block

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Everything you need to block your handknits.

  • 18 interlocking, fiber-topped EVA foam tiles, each measures 12″ × 12″ (tiles from the new kit are compatible with older Knitter’s Block tiles)
  • 40 stainless steel T-pins
  • 48″ square cotton cloth woven with 1″ square gingham to help measure your finished piece
  • A sturdy jute bag to contain the kit

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What makes Knitter’s Block special?

Very low, lightly barbed pile – fabric covering gently grips your knitting without pilling or leaving fibers

Versatile – can be assembled in a variety of sizes from a square for sweater pieces, a long rectangle for scarves or a triangle for shawls

Thick backing of waterproof EVA – suitable for use on any surface since moisture won’t seep through, holds pins firmly in place, blocked items dry faster than with towels because the tiles don’t absorb water

Heat resistant – essential for steam blocking

Compact – blocks are stored in a sturdy 14”x14” bag

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Stitch Stoppers (Large)

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Colorful EVA foam plugs that slide all the way onto needles (not just on the tip) to secure your stitches. They also slip onto interchangeable needle cords to keep your stitches from sliding off while you try on your top-down garment or use your needles elsewhere.

Large Stitch Stoppers work for needles from US 9-15 / 5.5-10mm.

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Stitch Stoppers (Small)

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Colorful EVA foam plugs that slide all the way onto needles (not just on the tip) to secure your stitches. They also slip onto interchangeable needle cords to keep your stitches from sliding off while you try on your top-down garment or use your needles elsewhere.

Small Stitch Stoppers work for cords and needles up to size US 8 / 5mm.

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Small Coloured Ring Stitch Markers

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These are the mini version of Cocoknits popular ring stitch markers. They are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 7 / 4.5mm needle. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.

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Claw Clips

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These little toothed-clips grip your knitting during or before seaming. They are a discreet clear-matte so the emphasis stays on your yarn or project, not on the clip.

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SHOP all Cocoknits products in our webstore!

–  Melissa

Mona’s Basic Mitten Pattern

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Need a simple but lovely mitten pattern? How about Mona Schmidt’s Basic Mittens?  Lisa and I have both been the lucky recipients of a pair of these, knit by Mona herself, and can tell you that they’re as cozy as they look!  Cascade Eco Wool and Rowan Kidsilk Haze held together create a soft, warm fabric while the simple uncomplicated style make these a stylish go-to winter mitten.  Length can be easily adapted to longer fingers.

Click here for FREE pattern on Ravelry!

SHOP  Cascade Eco Wool and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

A few spots left in these upcoming classes…

There are still some spaces in these upcoming classes this month.  Courses are always a great opportunity to learn new techniques and meet other knitters in the community! Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot. 🙂


WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL KNITTING (Bilingual Class)
$48
Monday, 6 pm – 9 pm, October 24

Continental knitting has many advantages – learn what this style of knitting is all about and how to get started. This workshop includes an orientation to continental knitting, guided assistance, and tips and tricks for practicing. Required materials: Knitting needles and yarn of your choice. Prerequisites: cast on, knit, purl.


SWAY SHAWL (Bilingual Class)
Jocelyne Malric
$96
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, October 25, November 1, 8

Sway by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne is a simple stole with just the right amount of lace to give a delicate touch. It’s knitted in one piece, entirely flat. Some regularly placed short rows create a beautiful and elegant curve. In this class you will learn how to create bobbles as well as twisted stitches with or without a cable needle.  You will also learn basic short row techniques, how to read a lace chart, how to use a lifeline and how to knit a lace pattern. Required materials: pattern, 860 m of fingering weight yarn, 4.0 mm needles or size to obtain gauge, Stitch markers, cable needle, darning needle. Pre-requisites: knit, purl, yo, ssk, k2tog (you should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).

Rhinebeck (mostly in pictures)

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Lisa and I have been trying to visit the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck for years but, with one thing and another, we’ve never managed to make the trek.  Happily, the stars aligned for me this year – my son had no scheduled soccer games, we had no weekend guests, and my lovely friend Nikki was keen to join me. As I now live in the NYC area, the festival is less than 2 hours away – truly, a hop, skip, and jump. Saturday dawned breathtakingly beautiful, sunny and crisp and full of promise. As a festival newbie, I was excited to see what this fair was all about – could it really live up to the rave reviews? All I can say is that from the moment we arrived, until festival close that afternoon, every single aspect of the day was magical. To see knitters, spinners, weavers, designers, farmers, hand-dyers, podcasters, and Ravelers all come together in joyful and supportive community was a thing to see. The smiles and exuberance and positive energy were entirely contagious. And then there were the animals. At the risk of sounding sentimental, to see the sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, vicuna, rabbits, etc. up close and personal, inspired a gratitude and appreciation for these creatures not usually top of mind when selecting a finished product off a shelf in a shop.  If you’ve never been to Rhinebeck, this girl can wholeheartedly confirm, the hype is justified and the afterglow will stay with you long after you make your way home…

The only thing that would have made the day better was to have had Lisa along for the ride. Next year, or bust, friend!  :-)

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New in store: Woolens by Jared Flood

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Jared Flood’s beautiful new book “Woolens” has just arrived and it is as beautiful as we expected!

Click here to PREVIEW!

“Woolens includes 11 new patterns by designer Jared Flood, founder and creative director of Brooklyn Tweed. From hats and cowls to scarves, shawls, and wraps, projects suitable for adventurous beginners and seasoned knitters abound.

Several patterns in the book offer multiple design pathways that allow the maker to customize the garment according to personal taste. Many designs are unisex. A thorough techniques section shepherds knitters through the patterns and serves as a valuable standalone reference resource.

Flood’s lavish photography kindles the imagination and inspires creative knitters to original interpretations. Woolens makes a wonderful gift for a knitting friend and is a worthy addition to any knitting library.

  • 138 pages with full color photographs
  • Book Dimensions: 8″ by 10″
  • Perfect bound softcover with soft-touch coating
  • FSC-certified publication
  • Printed in the USA at a press powered by 100% renewable energy

–  Melissa

Falling for Murray

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We’ve had a beautiful summer here in Montreal, and the Fall is proving to be just as glorious. As knitters, we’re definitely in a quandary, hold onto the beautiful sunny warm days or dig out the woolens and begin our winter projects!

This brings me to my sweet sister-in-law Sandi, who just adopted a little French bulldog with a wonky leg, and is anticipating his need for some warmth and protection against the elements this winter. As the only logical choice in the family, I have been commissioned to knit my first dog sweater. For those who know me well, I can already see the amused grins and hear the chuckling.  Once you meet Murray, though, you just can’t help but be smitten with his unpretentious nature and modest charm.

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Now, if I am going to spend my time and energy knitting a dog sweater, it is going to be a luxurious and well-appointed dog sweater! Hence, I have chosen to knit the Cabled Dog Sweater by Linda Cyr with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky yarn in Tart and, as Mona said, that’s one lucky dog!

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I am all wound up and ready to go and, now that I’ve put my commitment out there, my three blanket WIPs will just have to wait – for the love of Murray🙂

SHOP Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky in our webstore.

–  Lisa

Great resource books for our Francophone knitters!

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From Chantal Boissinot, a master knitting teacher based in Quebec City, come two wonderful and exceptionally clear and detailed resource books for Francopohone knitters!

Le Tricot Sous Toutes Ses Mailles is a comprehensive knitting guide and explains everything from basic knitting techniques through increases decreases, short rows, and buttonholes. Also include are instruction for making pockets, creating different necklines, grafting and finishing.

Le bas Sous Toutes Ses Formes if for anyone interested in learning or perfecting sock knitting techniques.  Again, this is a very comprehensive guide.  Knitting socks with double-pointed needles, circulars, or with the magic loop technique are explained.  Several patterns incorporating different techniques are included.

Available in-store only (telephone orders welcome at 514-486-5648).

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Shibui Silk Cloud and Pebble!

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Two exquisite yarns from Shibui Knits were re-stocked last week – just as the weather turned decidedly cooler.  Feast your eyes on Silk Cloud and Pebble! Knit together or alone, these yarns will take any project to the “next level”…🙂


Shibui Silk Cloud

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This weightless yarn shines with radiance. Knit Silk Cloud by itself for an ethereal fabric or strand it with another yarn for a glowing halo.

60% Kid Mohair / 40% Silk
330 yds / 300 m / 25 g
20 sts = 4″ on 7 US / 4.5 mm


Shibui Pebble

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Light and soft, Pebble is a tweed flecked yarn with complex colors. It easily doubles and triples, gathering depth without effort.

48% Recycled Silk / 36% Fine Merino / 16% Cashmere
224 yds / 205 m / 25 g
25 sts = 4″ on 3 US / 3.25 mm


A little project inspiration….

Here are two projects we’ve knit which combine these two gorgeous yarns.

Groovy

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We’ve knit several versions of the the Groovy pattern by JumperCablesKnitting but this one may be our favourite. The Silk Cloud and Pebble were a dream pairing and the finished texture is light, warm, and soft with a delicate halo.  The addition of the contrast stripe at the end adds a modern edge to an otherwise “quiet” shawl and the shape of the piece allows it to work as a wrap or scarf.

Click here for more photos and details on our Ravelry project page.


Cirrus

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We love everything about the Cirrus pullover by Shellie Anderson – the unique shape, the length, the collar. The Silk Cloud lends shimmer while the Pebble provides structure and beautiful drape. From the generous cowl neck to the curve of the hem, there are no sharp angles to this piece.  An elegant topper over a longer blouse or tunic. Soft and warm and light as air.

Click here for more photos and details on our Ravelry project page.

– Melissa

New store sample: Favorite Slouchy Hat

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We blogged The Favorite Knit Slouchy Hat by Jamie Sande a few weeks ago as our Free Pattern Friday feature.  We fell in love with this stylish and highly wearable pattern and decided to knit it up as a store sample with Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the the Dahlia colourway.  Now that it’s finished, we can confirm this is a quick and easy-peasy unisex hat project – perfect for the whole family. Think holiday gift giving!

SHOP Madelinetosh Vintage in our webstore.

Click here to view additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

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–  Melissa

Lisa’s First (Yarn) Love

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After having completed my first knitting project, the essential beginner’s scarf (a 2 x 2 rib no less) in March 2008, I felt I was ready to tackle a more substantial project. Of course, being who I am, a blanket was first on my list.  Back then, it was still necessary to request an access code to join Ravelry, which took a few weeks due to high demand and low resources, and so, as I anticipated my membership into the coveted online knitting community, I perused the books in my local LYS and came across the Big Bad Baby Blanket in Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘n Bitch book. I immediately fell in love with the look of the beautiful Koigu KPPPM yarn featured in the pattern, however, as I wanted to make it “bigger and badder”, my budget couldn’t support knitting it with that divine yarn.

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Weighing my options, I decided on Jo Sharp’s Silkroad Aran Tweed in the “Beach” colourway for its rustic luxury and proceeded to readjust the pattern to my desired size. The only obstacle remaining was that the Addi Turbo needles I needed weren’t in stock and I was leaving soon on vacation. I couldn’t bring myself to knit with any other needles and, even though I was a beginner, I knew what I loved!  Happily, the needles arrived just in time for me to grab them just before my flight and everything in my world was right again.

I knit and knit and knit and knit some more and was so pleased with myself, having completed the blanket pretty well and in timely manner.  Sewing in my ends in the seed stitch border, however, proved to be another story. Though I was shown multiple times how to achieve an invisible look, I just couldn’t get it back then. I still couldn’t read my knitting well and had to accept that it would be what it would be. Fortunately, the dreamy yarn was tweedy and very good at hiding imperfections.

In addition, being a novice, I hadn’t done the proper calculations and my chef d’oeuvre ended up wider rather than longer.  Still, if you didn’t look at the direction of the stitches you could turn it around and it looked just as it was meant to be, a nice 4 1/2’ x 6’ rectangular blanket!

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For many years after that experience, I tried to find Jo Sharp yarns again but they had  become unavailable in North America due to distribution issues.  Imagine my surprise and happiness when we stumbled upon the Jo Sharp booth at the TNNA trade show this year.  We immediately placed an order with the lovely Gretchen of Kingfisher Yarns (the current distributor) and are now very pleased to have added  Silkroad Aran Tweed to our collection. We hope that you will love this yarn as much as we do!

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I have rejigged the numbers in order to achieve the proportional result I should have had –  here are my modifications if you’re interested in creating a “bigger badder” Big Bad Baby Blanket too.

Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed – 22 balls OR 2000 m of worsted weight yarn
Needles: 5 mm (US *) 40″ circular knitting needles
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows per 4″ / 10 cm in stockinette
Finished dimensions: Approximately 58″ x 72″
Cast on: 248 sts

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–  Lisa

New (free) pattern from Espace Tricot: Fair & Square Baby Blanket

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We have another new pattern for you this week!  Fair & Square is a happy little baby blanket knit in the round from the center out. The fun stripes provide an opportunity to play with colour and the transitional knit/purl row between each stripe lends lovely texture and dimension. Knit with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK, a machine washable blend of merino wool and silk, this blanket is squishy and soft and easy to care for – a perfect choice for the little ones in your life.  Our sample is a generous 41″ square but the blanket can be easily reduced by eliminating colours. Modification instructions for a  32” square are provided in the pattern.

Click here to access this free pattern through Ravelry!

SHOP Rowan Merino Silk DK in our webstore.

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What we’re knitting

Lisa and I have been posting little snaps of our works in progress over on Instagram lately – here are a few things we worked on over the weekend. What are you knitting / crocheting these days?


Antler Mittens by Tin Can Knits

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I worked on a pair of Antler Mittens from Tin Can Knits – a beautiful pattern which I’ve long been wanting to knit. As with everything from Tin Can Knits, the pattern is clear and well-written and a pleasure to work from. Although I didn’t manage to finish mine this weekend, these are definitely quick, immediate gratification kind of knitting – a great palate cleanser after larger or more complicated patterns.  I don’t know about you but the fact that I can start with a ball of yarn in the morning and a few hours later have something wearable never ceases to amaze me.  Knitting is magical 🙂

The densely knit mitten liners Mona gave me last year are a perfect fit for these and add all the necessary additional warmth I need when the temperature really takes a turn. The fact that they’re removable means that I can rotate them through different pairs of pretty hand knit mittens all winter.  If you’re interested in knitting yourself a pair of liners, Mona has written up the pattern and made it available as a free PDF download on Ravelry. Thanks, Mona!

I’m knitting the Antler Mittens with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky in Silver Fox (1 skein) and the liners were knit with Tosh Merino Light in Grasshopper (1 skein). A dreamy combo.

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Hat by Erika Knight

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Lisa spent part of her weekend whipping up an awesome new hat for her son, Gianluca. This pattern is actually from a Regia pamphlet (Journal 610, Jazz Colours by Erika Knight) that contains three great patterns for fingering weight yarns including the hat, a pair of socks, and a set of fingerless mittens.  A quick look on Ravelry tells me that these are only available in the pamphlet form and not for electronic download. We have 5 copies in stock at the store if you’re interested. That said, the Basic Beanie pattern from Paton’s is very similar and is available as a free PDF on Ravelry.

Lisa knit this one up with Scrumptiouspurl Stripe Me Up sock yarn in the Lemon Sour colourway. We’re low on stock at the moment but should be receiving a delivery soon!

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–  Melissa

October is a great month to take a class!

There are still some spaces in a few upcoming classes this month.  Why not treat yourself to sharing and learning with others while taking  your knitting to the next level? Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot.🙂


TRICOT 101 (Bilingual Class)
Catherine Harvey
$96
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, October 5, 12, 19

Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Tricot 101 will introduce you to the basic techniques of knitting (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) and explain the fundamentals of knitting theory and terminology. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first project! Prerequisites: none


INSPIRA COWL (Bilingual Class)
Françoise Richard-Devereaux
96 $
Sundays, 5 pm – 7 pm, October 23, 30, November 6

The Inspira Cowl by graphica is knit in the round in a two-coloured corrugated rib. For inspiration, take a peek at the colour combinations on Ravelry. Required materials: Worsted weight yarn – 190 yds / 175 m (main colour) & 150 yds / 135 m (contrasting colour); 5 mm, 5.5 mm or 6 mm circular needle (24” or 60 cm) depending on your tension; interlocking stitch markers. Pre-requisites: knitting in the round on circular needles, cast on, knit, purl


WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL KNITTING (Bilingual Class)
$48
Monday, 6 pm – 9 pm, October 24

Continental knitting has many advantages – learn what this style of knitting is all about and how to get started. This workshop includes an orientation to continental knitting, guided assistance, and tips and tricks for practicing. Required materials: Knitting needles and yarn of your choice. Prerequisites: cast on, knit, purl.


SWAY SHAWL (Bilingual Class)
Jocelyne Malric
$96
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, October 25, November 1, 8

Sway by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne is a simple stole with just the right amount of lace to give a delicate touch. It’s knitted in one piece, entirely flat. Some regularly placed short rows create a beautiful and elegant curve. In this class you will learn how to create bobbles as well as twisted stitches with or without a cable needle.  You will also learn basic short row techniques, how to read a lace chart, how to use a lifeline and how to knit a lace pattern. Required materials: pattern, 860 m of fingering weight yarn, 4.0 mm needles or size to obtain gauge, Stitch markers, cable needle, darning needle. Pre-requisites: knit, purl, yo, ssk, k2tog (you should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).